UMass engineers develop system to aid visually impaired

A beta version of the PERCEPT system, which uses smartphones as navigation aids, was launched in the Whitmore Administration Building last week.

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New web tool helps students calculate apartment rental costs

Splitwise.com provides students with average rent prices based on the location and type of apartment as well as other tools for calculating housing expenses.

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New state climatologist position at UMass proposed by Governor Deval Patrick

The proposition comes as part of a $50 million statewide initiative aimed at climate change preparedness.

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Five College researchers work on finding life on the Red Planet

Dr. Jim Holden is one of multiple professors in the Five Colleges to try to discover the mysteries of Mars.

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UMass geologist, Amherst attorney talk fracking in Sunderland

Western Massachusetts weighs the positives and negatives of fracking if the practice came to the region.

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Biochar: A solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production

Biochar is making waves in both the academic and agricultural fields.

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Zipcar aims to better student life on campus

Through hourly rental cars and student scholarships, Zipcar hopes to ease the lives of students on campus in a cheap and effective way.

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UMass astronomer solves mystery of Milky Way’s black hole

UMass astronomy professor Daniel Wang and a group of international scientists
discovered why the Milky Way’s black hole emits less radiation than previously thought.

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NESCI conducts Twitter-based study determining mood of entire city

New England Complex Systems has pinpointed the ability to judge the mood of an entire city— based solely on tweets.

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UMass graduate wins food science competition

A food science technology graduate from UMass won first place in a research competition by discovering a faster method to detect pesticide residue.

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UMass engineer gets Department of Energy funding to improve chemical reactions in fuel cells

Ashwin Ramasubramaniam has been awarded a $750,000 grant to aid his research into fuel cells.

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UMass awarded $95 million Life Sciences Grant

UMass will receive $95 million from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to fund life sciences projects and research.

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Annie Leonard addresses students on Earth Day

Annie Leonard, this year’s Earth Day keynote speaker, called students to action against environmental hazards.

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UMass students protest Keystone pipeline in capital

Close to 30 students from the University of Massachusetts were part of the protest in Washington, D.C. against the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Thomas Zoeller puts spotlight on dangers of chemicals

Award-winning Biology professor spoke out about the effects of harmful chemicals on the endocrine system and also received the Chancellor’s medal.

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UMass Hillel volunteers aid N.Y. Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

A group of seven UMass students and two UMass alumni volunteered in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., last Sunday to help with the ongoing Hurricane Sandy clean-up.

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Research team finds fishways ineffective

Fewer than 3 percent of targeted fish are making it over dams in the Northeastern U.S.

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Men’s rugby to hold Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser

The University of Massachusetts men’s rugby team is holding a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit on Sunday to raise money for public school systems in Long Island, N.Y.

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Effects of Hurricane Sandy may hit Amherst

Local residents should take precautions as the effects of Hurricane Sandy are expected to impact the Amherst area Monday or Tuesday next week.

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Leaves begin to change

Ranked 14th out of 25, Amherst is on Yankee Magazine’s list for top foliage towns in New England.

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